In its latest Advisory to Uganda Travel Trade on Coronavirus, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has reemphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that the country is free of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
At the moment there is no case of the disease in the East African country.
UTB says travellers from affected countries will be required to undergo a 14 day isolation process for daily monitoring by the Ministry of Health. These countries include; China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It is therefore the recommendation and encouragement of the Uganda Tourism Board that intended travelers to Uganda from the affected countries maintain their bookings but delay their travel until a later date when the disease is globally contained and no longer considered an outbreak.
Additionally, due to the current threat posed by Coronavirus to Uganda travel trade and tourism assets, it is the recommendation of Uganda Tourism Board that;
• All tour operators, travel agencies, and accommodation facilities provide hand washing facilities with soap at their premises and on-board travel vehicles and vessels
• To improve preparedness as a sector, tour operators, agencies and accommodation facilities are encouraged to maintain a stock of recommended masks (N95) for their clients.
• All tour operators and travel agencies should encourage clients who intend to visit Uganda to carry own recommended masks (N95).
• All tour operators, travel agencies and accommodation facilities should educate their staff and clients (visitors) on preventive measures for the mitigation of contracting Coronavirus.
• These measures include; avoiding handshakes and body hugging, washing hands with disinfectants, regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles.
“The government of Uganda is committed to keeping the country free of this outbreak and we remain confident in the proven track record of the Ministry of Health in preventing and in other cases containing such similar outbreaks,” part of the statement signed by UTB CEO, Lily Ajarova read.